Wolves Fans' Verdict v Sheffield United: Too negative
Our fans share their thoughts on Wolves' 1-0 loss at Sheffield United, making it back-to-back defeats.
Matt Cooper (Talking Wolves)
Another extremely poor performance has finished our chances of Champions League qualification through the league. There’s so many question marks around personnel and system for a philosophy that is incredibly boring to watch unless we are winning.
There were uncharacteristic errors all over the pitch and our final ball was lacking all evening. I just wish we’d go out to try and win the game rather than trying not to lose when we’ve got the players to hurt teams.
We need a huge reaction on Sunday if we want to qualify for the Europa League because even that looks in question now. Fans calling for Nuno’s head is purely reactionary, but he does need to change something and quick.
Another game where it's a challenge to find many positives. We spent long periods in our own half and very little time in the attacking third. We rarely looked troubled in defence even with a below par Boly but circulating the ball for an attack constantly proved beyond us. Sheff U dictated the tempo of the game and overloaded us wherever the ball went.
Despite the three restart wins we have not really found our mojo. Neves provided the only glimmer of hope with our only shot on target and he also had a free kick that hit the bar.
Finishing sixth would hardly be a disaster, far from it, but it also looks our best realistic outcome. Even that will require an improvement in our goals column.
A very poor result and performance. We’re normally a so called “second half team” but in this game we actually played better in the first half. The players weren’t good enough but Nuno has to take a lot of blame because of his decisions in the second half.
Taking off Adama for Dendoncker at 0-0 was criminal because going from 3-4-3 into 3-5-2 is defensive and it’s cost us. If Adama was struggling with his shoulder then I understand him coming off but it should have been for Podence.
We had five subs available and he’s only used one, to me that suggests he doesn’t trust the other players on the bench which isn’t exactly good news. He’s basically relying on 12 players currently to do a job which is extremely difficult.
Even Vinagre, we as fans know he offers a lot going forward so to see him not even introduced was baffling in my eyes. No one really played well, Boly was awful again and Jota looked bright in the first 30 mins but in the second half he was dreadful.
Something definitely needs to change moving forwards because it was boring to watch yesterday and the last two performances have been way below to what we’re used to. The problem is Nuno is very stubborn so not much will get changed and at the moment I just feel like we’re solely relying on Adama (who is playing with one arm at times) to produce some magic to get us a goal.
This is desperately disappointing. We appear to have run out of steam, after getting to a fantastic place in the league with si games remaining.
Again, we started with good intent. We enjoyed the lions share of possession and created a few half chances, but where is the killer touch?
Jimenez, Jota and Traore are shadows of their former selves. The movement is not fluid and Jimenez is coming out of position seeking the ball.
Our closest attempt was the Neves free-kick which hit the bar. I feared the worst at half time to be honest. Sheffield came out showing more belief and we looked more concerned with not conceding than scoring. The inevitable would happen in added time. We could all see it. Nuno should have changed things on the hour.
I expected to see Podence after all the trouble to get clearance to play. I would have kept Traore on too, as he can produce the one individual spark out of the blue. There was also a case for the speed of Vinagre.
We conceded at a corner, deep into added time. A corner we didn’t need to give but that’s just typical. We defended it as though we had simply run out of steam, with Jonny unable to jump for the header.
The defence, overall, were poor with Coady and Doherty marginally better than Boly, Saiss and Jonny. Moutinho and Neves were decent without being great.
Neves just gets man of the match, more for his first half performance, but for the second game this week there was no stand out player!
A fear we’ve missed our chance now. Just lets hope there are still a couple of twists and turns to be revealed. Will it be a case of “close but no cigar?”
Russ Evers (Hatherton Wolves)
Too many misplaced passes especially coming out from the back and too many times the forwards did not control the ball.
None of the flicks worked and a few players below par again. Would have been a decent point but was not to be.
Difficult to pick someone who stood out but the midfield duo of Neves and Moutinho did little wrong. Nuno needs to work out where the spark is hiding.